The National Science Foundation in 2017 awarded the University of Rhode Island with a grant to establish a statewide research consortium — the RI Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling (RI C-AIM) — to study the effects of climate variability on coastal ecosystems. The RI Data Discovery Center is one of the efforts of RI C-AIM consortium.

The goal of the Rhode Island Data Discovery Center (RIDDC) is to become the national and international go-to-source for data on the Narragansett Bay ecosystem. For C-AIM investigators pursuing the research goals of the Integrated Bay Observatory, Predicting Ecosystem Response and Visualization & Imaging, RIDDC will become the site where they will store their data, share their data internally with other C-AIM investigators and share their data externally with investigators around the world. In addition to new data collected by C-AIM investigators, RIDDC will also collect and share historical data on the Narragansett Bay ecosystem. In addition to sharing data with scientists, RIDDC will also become the go-to-source where decision makers, land-use managers, relevant industries, citizen scientists and students can find data on the Narragansett Bay ecosystem.

RIDDC Leads:

  • Dr. Geoffrey Bothun, RI NSF EPSCoR Principal Investigator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
  • Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology, Brown University
  • Dr. Lewis Rothstein, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island
  • Dr. Breea Govenar, Biology Department, Rhode Island College
  • Neal Overstrom, Nature Laboratory, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Dr. Bethany Jenkins, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Rhode Island
  • Dr. Baylor Fox-Kemper, Department of Earth, Environmental, & Planetary Sciences, Brown University
  • Kia Huffman, Cyberinfrastructure Architect, Brown University

For question or comments please contact: ridatadiscoverycenter@brown.edu